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June 2015 Bar Bulletin

Why the YLD Works for You

By Stephanie Lakinski


With her bar card fresh off the press, a law school classmate contemplated an insurance policy she had just been asked to analyze, and she thought to herself, "I need a lawyer to understand this."

Even with a J.D. at the end of one's name, the transition from law school to becoming a full-fledged practicing attorney can be difficult, as anyone reading this article likely knows from first-hand experience. It can be even more so for those who face an uncertain job market or who have just moved to town.

While the KCBA's Young Lawyers Division couldn't analyze my friend's insurance policy for her, the YLD does provide an important resource. Simply put, young lawyers can be an amazing resource for each other. As a member of the YLD's Board of Trustees, I can attest to the fact that we are constantly looking for meaningful ways to serve our members who are either under the age of 37 or in their first five years of practice. Below is a glimpse of what we do.

Free Monthly CLEs and Happy Hours

Each month we host free CLEs that are tailored specifically for new attorneys on topics such as mediation, discovery and, yes, how to read an insurance policy. (It turns out even the YLD could have helped my friend on her first assignment as a lawyer.)

We follow up the CLE with a free happy hour at a local watering hole. These monthly get-togethers are a rewarding and fun opportunity to reconnect with old friends and meet new colleagues.

Neighborhood Walk-In Legal Clinic

The YLD hosts its own neighborhood walk-in clinic every Wednesday. This is an amazing opportunity for young lawyers to give back to the community in a meaningful way while practicing the softer skills of being an attorney, such as giving advice.

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